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Matthew Birt  says:

Hector Barbera top rookie at Valencia test

Hector Barbera grabbed some of the attention away from Marco Simoncelli and Alvaro Bautista to end the Valencia test session as best rookie. Making his debut on the Aspar Ducati, the Spaniard ended the test with a fastest time of 1.33.787 to finish 0.069s clear of former world 250GP champion Simoncelli and 0.370s ahead of Alvaro Bautista.    Barbera was only 0.323s...

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Dec 05

Posts: 29

Hondasixrr says:

Ben Spies

I think you will find that Ben Spies is fastest rookie?

1. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team 1'31.939
2. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team 1'32.195
3. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team 1'32.528
4. Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1'32.942
5. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team 1'32.981
6. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda 1'33.025
7. Randy De Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP 1'33.111
8. Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Racing 1'33.125
9. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1'33.211
10. Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini 1'33.326
11. Alex Espagaro (SPA) Pramac Racing 1'33.345
12. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda 1'33.456
13. Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team 1'34.206
14. Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini 1'34.230
15. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1'34.540
16. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Scot Racing Team 1'35.261

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Jun 09

Posts: 10

I think you will find the all singing all dancing Ben Spies is not a rookie as he has raced moto gp bikes for both Suzuki and Yamaha

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Mar 09

Posts: 5185

Nostrodamus says:

Hector doing all right

Barbera has been impressive this year. Gone were the wild antics of old with a much more mature rider showing through. After a very solid win Sunday he is following through nicely with his transition to the big bikes. He looks a very poised rider on any machine. Very little body movement and probably the most subtle degree of hanging off I've seen from any top tier rider 250 / motogp in the modern era. Good luck to him. Sounds like the 2010 Duke just might be the machine to be on?

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Jul 09

Posts: 8

twistedrider says:

Hondasixrr is right

A bit of an oversight on the part of Ben Spies is also considered a rookie, even though he competed in one race this year. Just because a rider had a wild-card ride (or two) does not make him a veteran. 2010 is his rookie year as well as for Barbera, Simoncelli, Bautista and Aoyama. Sloppy journalism indeed.

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Aug 09

Posts: 217


Spies was over a second quicker than Barbera. He is a rookie I think. Top journalism

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dale b


Jan 08

Posts: 55

dale b says:

and spies of course!

Finger on the pulse stuff from MCN again!  Wild card rides don't count towards rookie status. well said Honda six. Rookie year is first FULL year in championship.

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Feb 09

Posts: 209

goat46 says:


should be fun to watch next year as he is f"""""g mad and does not care who he upsets !!!!!!. Still think Edwards will be up against it next year , bet he wishes JT was still around !!!

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Jan 09

Posts: 960

RawDawg says:

the Wildman cometh!

I love Barbera. You can call him a lot of things but boring you can not!

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May 08

Posts: 149

ameg2808 says:

spies rookie

Ive seen this article all week and i forgot about spies until reading these comments. No doubt he's a class rider but he IS that forgettable, I dont know why he just is. But hey.... its not about personality or likeability its about talent, and he's got that in bundles

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